At the beginning of July, archaeologists from the National History Museum and the Medieval Archeology Section of NAIM at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences began research in the citadel of the medieval fortress.

New finds from the Citadel of Kokalyanski Urvich

At the beginning of July, archaeologists from the National History Museum and the Medieval Archeology Section of NAIM at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences began research in the citadel of the medieval fortress. Students from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", University of Veliko Tarnovo "St. St. Cyril and Methodius", Shumen University "Bishop Konstantin Preslavski" and New Bulgarian University.

Already in the first days of the research, remains of a Christian temple were located. Its functioning dates back to the XNUMXth-XNUMXth centuries. In the ruins of the temple, along with the hundreds of mural fragments, interesting finds were also discovered. To date, three triple, openwork earrings made of silver with pseudo filigree and soldered beads have been found. The preliminary dating of the ornaments is the XNUMXth-XNUMXth century, and their location is on the destroyed columns of bricks and mortar that blocked the altar niche. Another important highlight among the finds is the open ritual burial of an ecclesiastical vessel, almost centrally in front of the apse, from the east. It was placed in a small pit, partially surrounded by small stones, where a cross and a lamp were buried. Both objects are made of iron, and their hoarding must be dated to the time after the end of the functioning of the Christian building. This most likely happened at the very end of the XNUMXth century or later in the XNUMXth-XNUMXth centuries, and we must note that the burial falls at a height above the modern terrain of the building.

Research and activities at the "Citadel of Kokalyanski Urvich" site will continue until the end of July, the National History Museum recalls, and the funding is provided by the "Culture" Program of the Metropolitan Municipality.

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